By Mildred Nambi
President Yoweri Museveni has directed all line ministries in Uganda to ensure availability of a consolidated management system of cargo crossing to Uganda with minimal delays in order to lower transportation costs.
He was launching the Container Freight Station in Makupa Causeway Mombasa.
The government body (UPHL) Ltd inherited the plot at Makupa Causeway and decided to construct the over Kenya Shs 260 million car-port that has a capacity of 3.000 vehicles.
`The facility if fully operationalised, will decongest car ports in Mombasa and hasten the clearing and transportation of vehicles from Mombasa to Kampala and beyond.
The President is in Kenya to attend the 2nd Infrastructure Summit of the Heads of State of Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi and Rwanda that will open today at Whitesands Beach Hotel Mombasa.
The President also addressed the Ugandan business community in Kenya, and urged all line ministries and organizations to be thorough in their work and resolve administrative issues with their counterparts in Kenya logically, knowledgeably and expeditiously to avoid delays at the port.
The President pointed out that Uganda’s interest in the port is consolidated management of cargo as Kenya will also benefit by earning US $ 13 for every ton of cargo passing through the facility.
He commended the government of Kenya for giving Uganda the property, restoring together the East African Community and having a very active President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Minister of Finance Ms. Maria Kiwanuka disclosed that following the directive by the Movement government not to sell off real estate properties belonging to parastatals divestured, Uganda Property Holdings Ltd took over properties belonging to Coffee Marketing Board, Lint Marketing Board, Trans ocean Uganda Ltd and Produce Marketing Board.
The Chairman of UPHL Ltd Jovino Akaki said the facility is evidence that with support by government, such projects become a reality.